Environmental Impact Report
As of June 7, 2019, the City of Oakland’s Bureau of Planning entered the process of drafting an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Head-Royce School (HRS) expansion development. By statute, HRS must follow the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process to obtain final approval from the City of Oakland.
By the Notice of Preparation of Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Head-Royce PUD Project, dated February 1, 2019, the City of Oakland Planning Department solicited input from the public about what should be included in the EIR. City Planners sought comments and questions from residents of Oakland neighborhoods and commuters about what they see as potential impacts of the project on the physical environment - including topics such as traffic, fire safety, trees, biology, geology, hydrology, construction process duration and equipment, and other areas of environmental concern. The City encouraged submission of ideas for minimizing adverse effects from the eight-acre development and proposed increase in school enrollment from the current level of 884 students to 1,250 students.
HRS’ plan includes:
- grading, earthwork and tree removal
- building demolition and new construction
- a 15,900 square foot Performing Arts Center for 450 seats
- interim housing for faculty and staff
- construction of an internal road along the perimeter of the property within feet of neighboring houses
- a tunnel under Lincoln Avenue to link the two campuses
- another stoplight on Lincoln Avenue, and the addition of 61 on-site parking spaces.
- reconfiguration of lanes on Lincoln Avenue to accommodate left turns
Comments were to be received by March 11, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
By Mail to:
Rebecca Lind, Planner III
City of Oakland Bureau of Planning
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 2114
Oakland, CA 94612
or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Including case number PLN18532-ER01 in your comments.
Two public meetings were held regarding the Draft EIR. The first was on February 20, 2019 in front of the City of Oakland Planning Commission. The second was held on March 11, 2019 in front of the City of Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory board.
Read the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of Draft EIR from the Bureau of Planning.
Read more details on the Preliminary HRS Development Plan submitted to the City, December, 2018.